Feast of St. Guibert of Gorze (May 23)   Leave a comment

Above:  Flag of Mont St. Guibert, Belgium

Image Source = Wikipedia (image in the public domain), confirmed at Flags of the World

(http://www.crwflags.com/fotw/flags/be-wbrmo.html)

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SAINT GUIBERT OF GORZE (892-962)

Roman Catholic Monk

St. Guibert of Gorze was a nobleman and a famous military leader who renounced his former life to become a monk–a hermit on his own estate at Gembloux, Duchy of Brabant.  (The former Duchy of Brabant occupied parts of the current nations of Belgium and the Netherlands yet the saint’s story is Belgian, not Dutch.)  He founded a Benedictine monastery there with the help of Gisla, his grandmother, in 936.  Then the saint appointed a friend, Herluin, as the first abbot, donated the estate to the monastery, and became a monk at Gorze Abbey near Metz.  He preferred to spend the rest of his days quietly at Gore Abbey.

Yer circumstances changed those plans.  German King and Holy Roman Emperor Otto I “the Great” (reigned 936-973) questioned what right the saint had to donate his estate, a fief.  St. Guibert defended that donation successfully, so the monarch codified the monastery’s privileges in 946.  The the saint’s brother-in-law, the Count of Namur, claimed the monastery as his (the Count’s) wife’s (the saint’s sister) property and confiscated the abbey’s revenues.  So St. Guibert had to leave Gorze Abbey again and defend the privileges of Gembloux Abbey.  He did this successfully.  Next, Hungarian soldiers tried to seize Gembloux Abbey in 954.  The saint evangelized many of the Hungarians who stayed behind.

The village surrounding the monastery at Gembloux became Mont St. Guibert.  The Roman Catholic Church canonized him in 1211.

St. Guibert had noble plans, which he put into effect as best he could.  When circumstances forced changes, he acted in other noble ways.  Regardless of what life has in store for each of us, may our deeds be noble.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

APRIL 17, 2012 COMMON ERA

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O God, whose blessed Son became poor that we through his poverty might be rich:

Deliver us from an ordinate love of this world,

that we, inspired by the devotion of your servant Saint Guibert of Gorze,

may serve you with singleness of heart, and attain to the riches of the age to come;

through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

Song of Songs 8:6-7

Psalm 34

Philippians 3:7-15

Luke 12:33-37 or 9:57-62

Holy Women, Holy Men:   Celebrating the Saints (2010), page 722

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Posted April 17, 2012 by neatnik2009 in May, Saints of the 800s, Saints of the 900s

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